Using DILNET with Ubuntu 11.10

Set Proxy To Use DILNET

You need to change the proxy settings of Ubuntu to access internet using DILNET.

To set the proxy:

  1. Open the system menu (in the upper-right corner of screen).
  2. Click “System Settings…”. The “System Settings” window will then show up.
  3. Click Hardware -> Network. The “System Settings” window will now change to “Network” window.
  4. In the left pane, click “Network proxy”.
  5. In the “Method” combo box, select “Manual”.
  6. Set HTTP, HTTPS and FTP Proxy to “[username]:[password]”, then set the ports (the spin buttons on the right of the entries) to “8080”. Do the same for “Sock hosts”. Change “[username]” to your UP Webmail username, and “[password]” to the password of your UP Webmail account. Passwords should only have alphanumeric characters; change other characters to their ASCII code (in hexadecimal), prefixing each character with “%” (for example, “$my%password#” will become “%24my%25password%23”). You may also use ASCII for alphanumeric characters if you like. Go to “” to get the ASCII code of characters.
  7. Click “Apply system wide”. It will then ask for your password.
  8. Enter your password then click “Authenticate”.
  9. Close the “Network” window, log out then log in again.

Update System

  1. Open the system menu then click “Software Up to Date”. The Update Manager window will then show up.
  2. Click the “Check” button near the bottom-right corner of the Update Manager window. The cache will now be updated.
  3. After updating the cache, click the “Install Updates” button if there are any updates available.
  4. Restart if the Update Manager says so.

You may now install packages from the Ubuntu Software Center!

Still Can’t Install?

If the above instructions for setting proxy didn’t work, try the following:

  1. Open a Terminal from the Dash.
  2. Type “gksu gedit /etc/apt/apt.conf” then press enter.
  3. Enter your password then click OK. Gedit will now show up.
  4. Type the following:
    Acquire::http::proxy "http://[username]:[password]";
    Acquire::ftp::proxy "ftp://[username]:[password]";
    Acquire::https::proxy "https://[username]:[password]";

    Replace “[username]” and “[password]” with the appropriate values.
  5. In the toolbar, click “Save”. Close the window.
  6. Try updating the system again.

Recommended Packages

Jupiter (for laptops/netbooks) – “Jupiter is a light weight power and hardware control applet for Linux.  It is designed to improve battery life of a portable Linux computer by integrating with the operating system and changing parameters of the computer based on battery or powered connection.”

To install Jupiter, follow instructions here:

Ubuntu Restricted Extras – Will allow you to play different types of audio and video (MP3, MP4, Flash videos, etc.) in Ubuntu, install Adobe Flash Player, Java Runtime Environment, RAR Unarchiver and Microsoft Fonts. Make sure to select the packages you need in the “Add-ons” section before installing it, if you’re using the Ubuntu Software Center.

Note: “Please note that packages from multiverse are restricted by copyright or legal issues in some countries. See for more information.”


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